East Asia

A damaged surveillance camera is seen at Tai Koo MTR station in Hong Kong on Oct. 3.

China’s Surveillance State Has Tens of Millions of New Targets

So-called key individuals, from drug addicts to religious believers, are singled out in police databases.

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Why Huawei Isn’t So Scary

The Chinese company’s lead in the 5G race isn’t insurmountable, and other firms and countries shouldn’t rush into the fray.

Chinese People's Liberation Army honor guards stand in front of a mural of the Great Wall inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2010.

China’s Vast History Can’t Be Caught in the CCP’s Net

There are 10,000 stories of China. The government wants to tell only one of them.

Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga reviews an honor guard during a ceremonial reception in New Delhi on Sept. 20.

The United States Should Help Mongolia Stand Up to China

On Beijing’s doorstep, Ulaanbaatar continues to defy the geopolitical odds.

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a meeting in Beijing on Aug. 29.

The Chinese Communist Party Wants It All

China's use of sharp power could shatter East Asia.

A soldier launches a Javelin missile during a military drill in southern Taiwan's Pingtung county on May 30, 2019.

Beijing’s South China Sea Aggression Is a Warning to Taiwan

China’s salami-slicing tactics can be countered—if Taipei stays smart.

A "Goddess of Democracy" statue looks out over a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong on June 4, marking the 30th anniversary of China's Tiananmen crackdown.

Chinese Propaganda Paints Hong Kong as a Spoiled Brat

The mainland’s new nationalism comes with a heavy dose of old patriarchy.

Journalists watch a live broadcast of Chinese President Xi Jinping speaking during the first session of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 28.

China Lost the United States First

Beijing’s hostility started long before the trade war.

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China’s Overrated Technocrats

Beijing is famous for putting engineers and scientists in charge. But that doesn’t make for better leaders.

Han Kuo-yu at a rally in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on Nov. 24, 2018.

Chinese Cyber-Operatives Boosted Taiwan’s Insurgent Candidate

Han Kuo-yu came out of nowhere to win a critical election. But he had a little help from the mainland.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao speaks at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Laguna Niguel, California, on Oct. 2, 2018.

Elaine Chao Learned From the Best

The transportation secretary is part of a long line of individuals who’ve bridged China and the United States—and done well for themselves in the process.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Dec. 4, 2013.

How Democrats Can Get Tough on China—Without Imitating Trump

The current White House has legitimate concerns but counterproductive solutions.

Protesters demonstrate bill on June 16, 2019 in Hong Kong.

Beijing Blames Foreigners When Hong Kongers March

Belief in foreign spies is projection about the Party's own overseas activities.

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